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Tigers hire Alan Trammell as special assistant to Dave Dombrowski

Former infielder and manager, Alan Trammell, is named as the fourth special assistant to Tigers President and GM, Dave Dombrowski.

Leon Halip

DETROIT — The Tigers announced Monday morning that they had hired former Tiger infielder and manager, Alan Trammell, as a special assistant to President and GM, Dave Dombrowski.

In addition to on-field duties at both the major league and minor league levels, Trammell will be involved in all personnel meetings, travel throughout the minor league system, and participate in community relations.

"I am very excited to be back on board with the Tigers," said Alan Trammell in the Tigers' press release. "It is an honor to return to Detroit and I am looking forward to working with Dave and contributing to the organization."

Trammell becomes the fourth special assistant to serve along Dombrowski's side. Former manager Jim Leyland, Al Kaline, and Willie Horton are also special assistants to the Tigers GM.

"On behalf of ownership and the Detroit Tigers organization, we're thrilled Alan Trammell has returned to the ballclub," said Dombrowski. "'Tram' will forever be revered as one of the greatest Tigers to ever wear the olde English ‘D' and we view this as an opportunity to add an outstanding baseball person who offers a wealth of experience and perspective from his 20-plus seasons, all with the Tigers, and his most recent years of managing and coaching. It's great to have him back."

Trammell served as the Diamondbacks bench coach for the last four years before being fired in September and was a bench coach for the Cubs from 2007-2010. He also served as the Tigers hitting coach in 1999, and was the Tigers manager from 2003-2005 (a period of time fans would like to forget for the 186-300 record accumulated).

As a player, Trammell hit a lifetime .285 with 185 home runs and 1,003 RBI in his 20 years with the Tigers. He was a six-time American League All-Star, a three-time AL Silver Slugger and earned four AL Gold Gloves at shortstop during that time.